WANTED: Man accused of sexually assaulting 11-year-old at Children’s Museum of Houston

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HOUSTON — Houston police are searching for a suspect accused of sexually assaulting his friend’s 11-year-old daughter at the Children’s Museum of Houston.

Joseph Anderson, 40, is charged with two counts of Indecency with a Child.

According to police, Anderson was with the girl at the museum in the 1500 Binz Street on Oct. 16.

While they were there, Anderson took the girl to the second floor, where he sexually assaulted her.

Two people witnessed the assault and immediately notified museum staff for help. The victim was taken to a private room where she reported the sexual assault.

Museum authorities took immediate action once the incident was reported to them; however, Anderson had immediately fled before a search of the facility was completed. Museum officials have cooperated fully with investigators from the moment the incident was reported.

Anderson remains at large.

The child knew Anderson prior to them being at the museum together, as is the case in a majority of child sexual assault cases. He was her mother’s friend.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined additional victims may have been sexually assaulted by Anderson at different locations. Anyone who believes his/her child may have had inappropriate contact with Anderson is urged to contact the HPD Special Victims Division at 713-308-1140 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

The Children’s Museum of Houston released the following statement:

“We want to thank the Houston Police Department for their expertise and guidance.  The safety of our visitors at the Children’s Museum of Houston is always our top priority, and we are deeply saddened by this incident between the suspect and a child he brought to the Museum with his family.  We have been cooperating fully with the Houston Police Department and ask that the public provide whatever help they can to find this man and bring him to justice.  Please contact Houston Police at (713) 308-1140 if you have any information to help investigators.”